December 31, 2018


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On the final Morning Program of 2018, we reviewed recordings from the past twelve months, including the latest from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. It finds Music Director Riccardo Muti leading his forces in a program of Italian masterworks. We sampled a selection by Giuseppe Verdi from his third opera, the one with which, Verdi wrote, “my career can be said to have begun.” What’s the name of this Verdi opera with the opening chorus, “Gli arredi festivi”?